Harry Carey

Highest Rated: 100% Red River (1948)
Lowest Rated: 17% The Sea of Grass (1947)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Western film star Harry Carey was the Eastern-born son of a Bronx judge. Carey's love and understanding of horses and horsemanship was gleaned from watching the activities of New York's mounted policemen of the 1880s. He worked briefly as an actor in stock, then studied law until a bout of pneumonia forced him to quit the job that was paying for his education. He reactivated his theatrical career in 1904 by touring the provinces in Montana, a play he wrote himself. In 1911, Carey signed with the Bronx-based Biograph film company, playing villain roles for pioneer director D. W. Griffith. Though only in his mid-30s, Carey's face had already taken on its familiar creased, weatherbeaten look; it was an ideal face for westerns, as Carey discovered when he signed with Hollywood's Fox Studios. Under the guidance of fledgling director John Ford, Carey made 26 features and two-reelers in the role of hard-riding frontiersman Cheyenne Harry. Throughout the 1920s, Carey remained an audience favorite, supplementing his acting income with occasional scripting, producing and co-directing assignments. At the dawn of the talkie era, Carey had been around so long that he was considered an old-timer, and had resigned himself to playing supporting parts. His starring career was revitalized by the 1931 jungle epic Trader Horn, in which he appeared with his wife Olive Golden. While he still accepted secondary roles in "A" features (he earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as the Vice President in Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington [1939]), Carey remained in demand during the 1930s as a leading player, notably in the autumnal 1936 western The Last Outlaw and the rugged 1932 serial Last of the Mohicans. In 1940, Carey made his belated Broadway debut in Heavenly Express, following this engagement with appearances in Ah, Wilderness (1944) and But Not Goodbye (1944). By the early 1940s, Carey's craggy face had taken on Mount Rushmore dimensions; his was the archetypal "American" countenance, a fact that director Alfred Hitchcock hoped to exploit. Hitchcock wanted to cast Carey against type as a Nazi ringleader in 1942's Saboteur, only to have these plans vetoed by Mrs. Carey, who insisted that her husband's fans would never accept such a radical deviation from his image. Though Carey and director John Ford never worked together in the 1930s and 1940s, Ford acknowledged his indebtedness to the veteran actor by frequently casting Harry Carey Jr. (born 1921), a personable performer in his own right, in important screen roles. When Carey Sr. died in 1948, Ford dedicated his film Three Godfathers to Harry's memory. A more personal tribute to Harry Carey Sr. was offered by his longtime friend John Wayne; in the very last shot of 1955's The Searchers, Wayne imitated a distinctive hand gesture that Harry Carey had virtually patented in his own screen work.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet China's Little Devils Actor 2012
No Score Yet An Unseen Enemy Actor 2010
No Score Yet So Dear to My Heart Judge 1948
100% Red River Mr. Millville 1948
17% The Sea of Grass Doc Reid 1947
71% Angel and the Badman Territorial Marshal Wistful McClintock 1947
80% Duel in the Sun Lem Smoot 1946
No Score Yet Happy Land Gramp 1943
78% Air Force Sgt. Robby White 1943
No Score Yet The Spoilers Al Dextry 1942
No Score Yet Among the Living Dr. Ben Saunders 1941
No Score Yet Sundown Dewey 1941
No Score Yet The Shepherd of the Hills Daniel Howitt 1941
No Score Yet They Knew What They Wanted Doctor 1940
No Score Yet Beyond Tomorrow (Beyond Christmas) George Vale Melton 1940
No Score Yet My Son Is Guilty Tim Kerry 1940
95% Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Senate President 1939
No Score Yet Land of Liberty Actor 1939
No Score Yet The Law West of Tombstone Bill Barker 1938
100% You and Me Mr. Morris 1938
No Score Yet Port of Missing Girls Captain Josiah Storm 1938
No Score Yet Souls at Sea Captain of the 'William Brown' 1937
No Score Yet Kid Galahad Silver Jackson 1937
No Score Yet Ghost Town Cheyenne Harry 1937
No Score Yet Aces Wild Cheyenne Harry 1937
No Score Yet Valiant Is the Word for Carrie Phil Yonne 1936
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Shark Island Commandant of Fort Jefferson 1936
No Score Yet The Last Outlaw Dean Payton 1936
92% Barbary Coast Slocum 1935
No Score Yet Wagon Trail Sheriff Hartley 1935
No Score Yet The Last of the Clintons Trigger Carson 1935
No Score Yet Rustler's Paradise Cheyenne Kincaid 1935
No Score Yet Powdersmoke Range Tucson Smith 1935
No Score Yet Man of the Forest Jim Gayner 1933
No Score Yet Buffalo Stampede Clark Sprague 1933
No Score Yet The Devil Horse Bob Norton 1932
No Score Yet Law and Order Ed Brant 1932
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans Actor 1932
No Score Yet Without Honors Pete Marlan 1932
No Score Yet Vanishing Legion Happy Hardigan 1931
100% Trader Horn Aloysius 'Trader' Horn 1931
No Score Yet Cavalier of the West Actor 1930
No Score Yet The Trail of '98 Jack 1928
No Score Yet Prairie Pirate Brian Delaney 1925
No Score Yet Beyond the Border Actor 1925
83% The Great Moment Prof. John C. Warren 1921
No Score Yet Blind Husbands Actor 1919
No Score Yet Bucking Broadway Cheyenne Harry 1917
No Score Yet Straight Shooting Cheyenne Harry 1917
No Score Yet The Three Godfathers Actor 1916
No Score Yet Judith of Bethulia A Traitor 1914
No Score Yet The Musketeers of Pig Alley Actor 1912
No Score Yet Roaring Rails Actor

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